Marianne Hardwick was timid and unadventurous, her vitality consumed by physical activity and longing, her intelligence by indecisiveness, but this had less to do with the innate characteristics of the weaker sex (as her father, Creighton Montgomery, called it) than with the enfeebling circumstances of her upbringing.
THE OCEAN vs. THE BODY The ocean cannot be dissociated from any of our problems. Though not always given proper credit, it is nonetheless a vital factor in the ‘production’ of climate, storms, agriculture, health, war and peace, trade, leisure, and creative art. It is not merely a weather-regulating system and a source of food, cattle feed, fuel, and minerals.
When we talk about intelligence, we do not mean the ability to get a good score on a certain kind of test, or even the ability to do well in business; these are at best only indicators of something larger, deeper, and far more important.
According to a survey specially commissioned for The Sunday Times Magazine, approximately 25 per cent of the population are lonely. Elderly people, particularly those who move to a new area on retirement, may be isolated from their families and friends. Illness, disability and fear of going out alone also combine to turn many pensioners into prisoners in their own homes.
FOOD AID Food aid is a lifesaver in many situations, but in other cases it does more harm than good. Only 10% of all food aid sent is used for vital emergency relief. The remainder is distributed in a variety of ways, but rarely gets out to the poor. Increasingly, countries come to rely on it and are less willing to encourage their own farmers to grow food.
HOW CRUCIAL IS DREAMING? For a long time, night dreaming was thought to interfere with the necessary rest that sleep provides. However, experiments have indicated that dreams are not only a normal part of the sleep process but also vital to psychological health.
HUMAN INFANTS One of the unfortunate features of the human condition is that the natural exploratory behaviour of human infants has to be restricted, especially in conditions of civilization, where the hazards of traffic, electricity, gas, stairs and many other complex dangers have been added to those which are found in primitive, rural circumstances.
MAKING WORKPLACE SAFER Preventing Accidents Clearly a major way to prevent accidents before they occur is for the trade union safety representative to carry out regular and effective inspections of the workplace. Recognised safety representatives have the following legal rights:
THE HABIT – THE LONG HABIT Just like our remotest ancestors, we refrain from talking about death, despite the great distance we have come in understanding some of the profound aspects of biology. We have as much distaste for talking about personal death as for thinking about it; it is an indelicacy.
PARENTAL AUTHORITY Disillusionment with one’s parents, however good and adequate they may be both as parents and as individuals, is to some degree inevitable. Most children have a very high ideal of their parents that can hardly stand up to realistic evaluation unless the parents themselves have been unsatisfactory.